IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
October 23, 2019
Mr. Burr (for himself and Mr. Van Hollen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
To establish a task force to assist States in implementing hiring requirements for child care staff members to improve child safety.
This Act may be cited as the
Child Care Protection Improvement Act of 2019.
Task force to assist in improving child safety
There is established a task force, to be known as the Interagency Task Force for Child Safety (referred to in this section as the
Task Force) to identify, evaluate, and recommend best practices and technical assistance to assist Federal and State agencies in fully implementing the requirements of section 658H(b) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 9858f(b)) for child care staff members.
Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall appoint the members of the Task Force, which shall include—
the Director of the Office of Child Care of the Department of Health and Human Services (or the Director's designee), the Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau of the Department of Health and Human Services (or the Associate Commissioner's designee), and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (or the Director's designee); and
such other Federal officials (or their designees) as may be designated by the President.
The chairperson of the Task Force shall be the Assistant Secretary of the Administration for Children and Families.
The Task Force shall consult with representatives from State child care agencies, State child protective services, State criminal justice agencies, and other relevant stakeholders on identifying problems in implementing, and proposing solutions to implement, the requirements of section 658H(b) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, as described in that section.
Task Force duties
The Task Force shall—
develop recommendations for improving implementation of the requirements of section 658H(b) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, including recommendations about how the Task Force and member agencies will collaborate and coordinate efforts to implement such requirements, as described in that section; and
develop recommendations in which the Task Force identifies best practices and evaluates technical assistance to assist relevant Federal and State agencies in implementing section 658H(b) of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990, which identification and evaluation shall include—
an analysis of available research and information at the Federal and State level regarding the status of the interstate requirements of that section for child care staff members who have resided in one or more States during the previous 5 years and who seek employment in a child care program in a different State;
a list of State agencies that are not responding to interstate requests covered by that section for relevant information on child care staff members;
identification of the challenges State agencies are experiencing in responding to such interstate requests;
an analysis of the length of time it takes the State agencies in a State to receive such results from State agencies in another State in response to such an interstate request, in accordance with that section;
an analysis of the average processing time for the interstate requests, in accordance with that section;
identification of the fees associated with the interstate requests in each State to meet requirements, in accordance with that section;
a list of States that are participating in the National Fingerprint File program, as administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and an analysis of reasons States have or have not chosen to participate in the program, including barriers to participation such as barriers related to State regulatory requirements and statutes; and
a list of States that have closed record laws or systems that prevent the States from sharing complete criminal records data or information with State agencies in another State.
Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Task Force shall hold its first meeting.
Not later than 1 year after the first meeting of the Task Force, the Task Force shall submit to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions of the Senate, and the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives a final report containing all of the recommendations required by paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (e).
Exemption from FACA
The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Task Force.
The Task Force shall terminate 1 year after submitting its final report, but not later than the end of fiscal year 2021.